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AHFA sets Global Supply Chain Management conference for Feb. 21

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Ocean transportation, trucking and a host of other supply chain management topics are on the agenda for the 2013 Global Supply Chain Management conference sponsored by the American Home Furnishings Alliance.

The event takes place Feb. 21 at the Airport Embassy Suites here. Attendees also are invited to a cocktail reception at 6 p.m. Feb. 20, sponsored by the Specialized Furniture Carriers Assn.

Featured speakers include Jonathan Gold, vice president of supply chain and customs policy for the National Retail Federation; Dave Bennett, general manager of business development for LF Logistics; and Sean Garney, policy analyst for the American Trucking Associations.

Gold will discuss the impact of current logistics challenges on furniture retailing, while Bennett will provide updates on ocean freight issues that could affect upcoming contract negotiations with steamship companies.

Garney will discuss various U.S. transportation issues, including implementation of the federal Compliance, Safety and Accountability (CSA) program and the MAP-21 program.

In addition, AHFA CEO Andy Counts will provide an update on current regulatory issues.

Also on the agenda is a panel discussion of domestic supply issues moderated by Fairfield Chair executive Alvin Daughtridge, and a panel discussion on ocean transportation issues moderated by Barry Bailey, director of transportation and logistics at Bernhardt.

The conference registration fee, which includes lunch, is $99 for AHFA members and $149 for non-members. Registration is available online at the "events" tab at For additional information, contact Patricia West at (336) 881-1000 or

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